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Athlete of the Week

Matich breaks record with one throw

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June 02, 2010 - Thirteen-year-old Nick Matich stood inside the circle at the OAA Mascot Invite on May 24.

He rested the shot put close to his neck then went through the motions as he threw the heavy metal ball as far as he could.

His longest distance of 42.7 feet broke the previous record for eighth grade at Clarkston Junior High School.

"It was really exciting," he said.

Matich added it was emotional for him as well.

"My grandfather, Tom Bullen, did shot put when he was at Clarkston high school," Matich explained. "He kept going through the motions with me and I finally got them down."

Parents, Kirk and Sandy, were at the event when the announcement was made.

"He has had a good couple of weeks," said Sandy, explaining Nick also received Male Athlete of the Year for the eighth grade class.

Nick hadn't initially planned to be on the track team but the coach approached him to try it out. When he found out one of his events was shot put he went to his grandfather for advice. Bullen also broke the shot put record - in high school.

He also runs in the 100 meter and 70 meter events for the track team. His season ends Thursday, June 3 at the 7/8th Grade Oakland County meet at Clarkston High School, 3:15 p.m.

He also plays basketball, baseball and golf. But he said most of his concentration is on football and for his freshman year he will be on the Clarkston High School varsity team.

"I am unsure about what position, but probably left tackle," he said.

"He's going to be a great athlete. It's fun to see it happen," said Sandy.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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